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noun honour pronunciation in British English /ˈɒnə(r)/
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] the respect that people have for someone who achieves something great, is very powerful, or behaves in a way that is morally right
    Shame and honour were what motivated people.
    honour of: They were prepared to die for the honour of their country.
  2. 2
    [uncountable] the belief and practice of someone who has high moral standards
    It’s no longer just a legal issue, it’s a matter of honour.
    a man of honour (=someone who always behaves in a morally correct way)
  3. 3
    [countable] something you do that you are proud of
    be an honour: Being asked to perform at La Scala is an honour for any singer.
    be an honour to do something: It’s a great honour to be here with you tonight.
  4. 4
    [countable] [often plural] a prize that someone is given because they have achieved something important
    Twenty children received honours for bravery.
    top/highest honours (=the most important honours): The town has taken the top honours in the ‘Britain in Bloom’ competition for the second year running.
    1. a.
      the prize of a special title given by the Queen of England
      John Tucker was made an OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours.

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